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Par for the Course

Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA

Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course

Mike Coatney-From the Creek to the Trashcan

Mike Coatney had a very special week. On Wednesday he used his newly purchased Taylormade irons and aced the # 8 hole at Willow Springs. It was his first hole in one and was witnessed by Short Tupper, Andrew Skinner, Jerry Gibbons and Don Bollinger. Mike was in the middle of his best round ever in his short playing time (only began golf 3 years ago) at even par thru 15 holes. He bogeyed the always difficult 16th (#7) and commented he needed a birdie to get back to even…he did it one better on the next hole with a perfect 6 iron that took one bounce and found the bottom of the cup. What excitement!! Mike completed the great round with a par on # 18 to finish at 1 under. This article was going to make fun of Mike because he fell into a creek playing golf at Poplar Bluff the previous day….thus the title from the creek to the trashcan. All hole in ones and double eagles get recognition with their name on the trashcan at the hole. Every year we have 3-5 aces and this year the two we have are both named Coatney. Mike joins his younger brother Steve who double eagled # 3 earlier this year. Congratulations Mike on your first ace.

Junior Tourney and Second Howl

The banks of Willow Springs are once again sponsoring our Junior Golf Tournament this year. US Bank and Landmark Bank have been sponsoring this event for the young golfers of our area for several years. Heather Butler and Jon White have been most instrumental in providing this. This year it will be on Wednesday July 16. There will be separate boys and girls divisions. Ages 6-9 will play 6 holes at 8:30 AM. Ages 10-12 begin at 10 and will play 9 holes. Ages 13-14 will play 9 and start at 12 noon. The 15-18 year olds will also start at noon and play 18 holes. Trophies will be given to the top 3 finishers in each division and all golfers will get a golf medal. Cost is only $10 and lunch will be included. As always the parents and others are more than welcome to follow them around.

Our second Howl at the Moon Day/Night Golf Tournament will be on Saturday July 12. The day portion will start at 5 pm and the night version at 8:30. Cost is $30 per player and this will be a 2-person format. Couples are welcome but so are two guys or two gals as partners. We will be selling lighted golf balls and Andrew will be happy to provide you with a “fine dining dinner” between sessions. Call 469-1214 to sign up for either tournament.


The Casual League played a Red White and Blue game with 3 holes played from red, 3 with white and 3 with blue. The winners were Farrell Graves, Matthew Coatney and Jackson Bailey who shot a 32. Patsy Wyatt won the longest putt prize.

The Cat and Dog League was won by Tabitha and Tyler Newton with a 34 and the other winners were Patsy Wyatt and Farrell Graves who shot a 37. Farrell also won closest to the pin.

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